The only problem I have is that when Trump was elected what was going on in Eastern Asia is exactly what is going on today. How do you bring peace to an area where there is peace? Am I missing something? Was there a war in Eastern Asia that Trump brought to a conclusion?
if my recollection is correct over the year and a half that Trump has been in the position he is now in is that there was fear that a war might occur and the peace may be shattered.
That fear was caused by some of the things that Trump was doing. Wasn’t it Trump who nine months ago threatened North Korea with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.” Wasn’t it Trump that tweeted on the last day of November: “The Chinese Envoy, who just returned from North Korea, seems to have had no impact on Little Rocket Man.”
To all the world it looked like Trump had gone off the deep end threatening North Korea. There was worry that a war might occur in which the South Koreans might have suffered casualties up into the millions. Fortunately, the Winter Olympics in South Korea gave an opening for negotiations with the North. The South Koreans knew they would be the ones who suffered greatly in any war between the U.S. and North Korea so they grasped at any chance to prevent that. The new intercourse between the two Koreas brought about by Trump’s threats led to the summit in Singapore between Trump and Kim Jong Un.
That summit really changed little. Trump told us what a jolly good fellow Kim is. All those bad things we had heard about him were apparently fake news. Kim was smart, had a great sense of humor, a “great personality, and very smart. … I learned he’s a very talented man. I also learned that he loves his country very much.”
Trump told us his people love him. He said “His people, you see the fervor. They have a great fervor.” I had to say to myself “Don’t believe your lying eyes” because the little I have seen of his people they have great fear of him and cringe in his presence as each one tries to outdo the other in clapping.
On returning home from the summit Trump tweeted: “Just landed – a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office. There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea.”
Actually when he took office we were much safer than now. While he has been in office Kim had perfected his nukes and delivery systems. Kim has a much greater capability now than then. What changed? One thing is Trump has put Kim on a pedestal. What hasn’t changed? Kim has the same capability now as he did before the summit and he is the same guy as he was before. We are safer now, according to how Trump thinks, because he had some talks with Kim. They got along.
Did Kim con him? We know Kim met twice with China’s Xi before the summit; we know that Putin’s Lazrov was sicced on him in Pyongyang. They briefed him on how to handle Trump. Obviously he did a great job because Trump swallowed what he was saying hook, line, sinker and rod. Did Kim do anything of substance?
We know Trump has stopped the joint military exercises between South Korea and the United States as a showing of good faith. That had been previously asked of the U.S. by China. Putin recently demanded it. But what has Kim done that makes some think Trump brought peace to Eastern Asia?
One report this week indicates: “Satellite photos, obtained by North Korea watchdog 38North, indicate Kim is making improvements to Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Centre at “rapid pace”. Jenny Town, managing editor at 38North, said: “Infrastructure improvements continue at Yongbyon. “Underscores reason why an actual deal is necessary, not just a statement of lofty goals.” Upgrades to the site are thought to include new buildings, a water pump house and a potential radiochemical laboratory.”
The there was this the other day. Kim had Lieutenant General Hyon Ju-song pumped full of 90 rounds fired by nine military death-row convicts . . . .” His crime was giving his troops extra food and fuel.
Remember Chamberlain thought that Hitler was a gentleman and that he had achieved peace in our time.